Assessing the Risk of Suicide

Things to watch for when assessing potential risk: PLAID PALS.

Plan
Do they have one?

Lethality
Is it lethal? Can they die?

Availability
Do they have the means to carry it out?

Illness
Do they have a mental or physical illness?

Depression
Chronic or specific incident(s)?

Previous attempts
How many? How recent?

Alone
Are they alone? Do they have a support system? Are they alone right now?

Loss
Have they suffered a loss? Death, job, relationship, self esteem?

Substance Abuse (or use)
Drugs, alcohol, medicine? Current, chronic?